Sunday, January 13, 2008

The Beginning of Ruby and Esme

Alrighty folks, this is a very important blog entry. The blog for a project that is extremely near and dear to my heart is officially launched! In 2003, I wrote a children's story called Ruby and Esme, and I've been re-writing it ever since. Yes, I'm slow. I've worked it over many many times and even took a class with my very accomplished author friend Liz Garton Scanlon to try and re-work the story, as well as to reinvigorate my enthusiasm to submit the manuscript. For one reason or another I kept it on the back burner.

Time went by. The handmade revolution exploded and DIY began to invade the publishing world. I began to get excited about the concept of publishing this little ditty myself- in my own way. As Dr. Seuss once said, the waiting place is no place to be! I shared the *MS* with another dear friend Kathie Sever, who loved the story and was super excited with the idea of collaborating. I am so honored to have Kathie aboard. And the best part, Kathie can cast a belly laugh spell on me like no other!

So, after lots and lots of back and forth conversations with friends and mentors, 2008 is going to be the year of Ruby and Esme's debut. I have been intrigued and inspired by other artists' public collaborations in the blogosphere and I'm excited by the prospect of following suit here. I really believe in the concept of this book; to provide a little treasure for all the separated friends out there longing to strengthen connections. And if some big whopping publisher wants to help us, we wouldn't say no!

Who knows what will happen, what changes will be made. Ruby and Esme might become Clarence and Clementine, who knows?!! Check back often to see the back and forth progress as we hash this puppy out.

Wish us luck,
shannon

9 comments:

Bernadette said...

Is that a fake background in that photo?

I am in love already with Ruby and Esme blog. I can't wait to see it unfold.

carrie said...

swoon, swoon, swoon!

Joanna Fried said...

Looking forward to captivating . . .capturing. . .cultivating . . .

Kathie Sever said...

oh my god we're cute. sheesh.

Mary Young said...

Such exciting news Shannon! I can't wait to read more! Hope you are well and re-invigorated after your weekend retreat. Let's get together in February before I move away ok? xx-m

Shannon Lowry said...

Mary! I'm so glad you are still here. I need to return your stands to you AND talk you out of going. :(

Natalie Tischler said...

Sounds awesome. Good luck you guys! Look forward to reading it.

Kayci said...

Does the creativity never cease from you two? As always, I'm amazed. I've always said Kathie will be rich and famous one day, and now I guess I'm gunna have to put Shannon up there too. I see the book and doll selling all over the world!! Can I still sell them at Moxie when you're famous?

Shannon Lowry said...

Yes, if you keep making posts like that! Thanks kayci - you already ARE famous!